Pakhtakor win Cup; Avispa Fukuoka promoted

Anvar Soliev’s first half strike helped Pakhtakor lift the Uzbekistan Cup after defeating Neftchi 1-0 in the final. AFCMedia reported the match was played in front of 5,000 spectators and Soliev scored in the 24th minute. This is the seventh time Pakhtakor have won the Uzbek Cup (1993, 1997, and since 2001). Pakhtakor, who are also the league champions, and league runners-up Mashal will represent Uzbekistan in the 2006 AFC Champions League.

Avispa Fukuoka were promoted to Japan's first division after gaining a point from a goalless draw at home to Tokushima Vortis, Reuters reported. Avispa returned after a four-year absence and will join second division champions Kyoto Purple Sanga in the top flight next season.